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Terrapin Sound CzechTerrapin Sound Czech

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 08-02-2010

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 117
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sound Czech Pils has a hazy, straw-colored, bubbly appearance, a thick, mousy, white head, and heavy lacing left behind, on the glass. Aroma is very rich- strong, sweet, full barley malt and cracker. Taste is of that, with vibrant, grassy hop bitterness, leading the charge. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sound Czech finishes crisp, clean, and highly refreshing.


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Photo of ThickNStout
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 2.49. Best by 12/10/16, I'm hoping canned 9/10/16 instead of 4 or 6 months from the best by date. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours an opaque, pale straw yellow with just over two fingers of white head. A splotchy, full layer of retention spreads to a fluffy ring that leaves a few scattered trails of lace.

Cracker, biscuit, grass and some vague spice in the nose. Simple and straightforward.

No surprises in the taste. Crisp, crackery malt, pepper, grass and bread. A very smooth and easy drinking blend.

Light, silky feel with surprisingly soft carbonation. Aftertaste of cracker, dried grass and faint spice.

Terrapin has an easy drinker in Sound Czech. It may not inspire me but successfully hits the right notes.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-09.16.16. consumed 10.24.16.

A: Hazy lemon brass coloring shows a good deal of effervesce. Antique white head is rigid and foamy, holding rather well. Lacing decorates the vessel rather well nicely. Really nice coloring, lasting topping.

S: Lemony flower aroma, decent strength per style, with lightly dried orange peel, and dried pilsner grains. Earthy semi-dry flowers close things out.

T: Flavor is zesty, and sharp, lemony orange hops are bright and lightly dry, with a sense of dry pilnser grains. Lager yeastiness provides a bite that was big and strong on the swallow. Bready, dry.

M: Mouthful was really crisp, light bodied and well suited per style.

O: Big on flavor, and hops, very crisp, lemony flower and pilsner strength with a lager yeast bite. Definitely big on flavor and hops, spicy, bold and flowery essence. very good to style.

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow, cloudy. Inch and a half of a pretty, white head. Light curtain drapes the glass as we go down, and unseen carb bubbles continually feed the head. Head never drops below a half an inch; great retention. Cloudiness is the only thing out of the ordinary, but doesn't make the beer any less attractive.

Great, great nose! Grainy, crackery, and spicy. With more time, the beer emits a kind of minty aroma that is quite delicious and continually adds to the want for another sip. All of this is of a relatively high intensity per the style, and is amazingly inviting. Floral, spicy hop character is a revelation, and a background sulfur note comes in late.

A very nice crackery malt as the first impression. Minty, herbal, and spice notes are all there. There may be a trace of citrus, but the spicy character is the star of the show. The overall taste sensation is very clean, and features a good, medium intensity, riding bitterness that lasts deep into the aftertaste.

Body is short of medium. Very lively. Very clean. Very refreshing. A mouth bath. Wonderful, slightly creamy brew with a sprite finish.

An interesting, novel take on the style. This beer milks the hops for all their worth and the malt bill (of pure Pilsner) is a gorgeous backbone. Wonderful, drinkable- can I have another?

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Photo of ppvora
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cold can into a pilsner glass. Can was in a cooler in my car, which was driven around but I poured after an hour after coming to a complete halt.

Look: Straw yellow color, 4 fingers of head, lots of aeration. Tons of lacing.
Aroma: Hay, barley, faint mango in the background.
Taste: Barley, hops, malt. The hops are not in the background...this is a heady pilsner with the hops up front. A really noble hop taste, still not ale-like. Lovely!
Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness, but not in a bad way.

This may be the best pilsner I've ever had. Somehow, I don't get this easily in my area (bought this while returning from a trip away), but if I get it, I'm likely to consume good quantities during warm weather.

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Photo of DocRoc
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Southern Brewer's Festival, Chattanooga TN.
A- clear golden, hefty foam head >20sec
S - clean grains and hop
T- delicious, slight citrus but the grains come through
M- light-medium, thrust quenching
O- Beer,beer,beer! Made my 20% Bavarian genes happy.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains, grass, and some cracker on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, crisp. Finishes with some hay, cereal and grassy notes, crisp and clean.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass. Has a hazy yellowish color. The smell was ok but was hard to notice. For a pilsner, it had a different taste than I am used to but something I did enjoy.

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Photo of jkrich
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: unlike most pilsners, this one is slightly hazy, but it has the classic pilsner hue of gold with a sustained, foamy white head. The freshness date (10/1/16) indicates this should be very fresh. I really like the label of a electric guitar playing turtle - "sound Czech" indeed!

A more malt accented aroma is evident, though some noble hops are hinted.

Like the appearance, the flavor is unique for a pilsner and in a good way. It begins a little sour with hints of lemon and malt. The mild hops do complement the profile. This one very faintly reminds me of a Wit style ale, but it still works as a fine pilsner style beer. As the pilsner warms, the bitterness in the aftertaste becomes more prominent.

The mouthfeel is more well-rounded than most pilsners I have tried and the carbonation is restrained. The sweet, faintly sour and lemony flavors coat the palate while there is some lingering bitterness.

Somewhat unusual for the style, yet is thirst quenching and refreshing; absolutely perfect for a hot summer evening in northwest Florida.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, straw yellow to orange, 1 inch white head, good lacing

S: Spicy hops, grass, cracker

T: Sweetness with a little bit of the cracker, then the bitterness and spiciness of the hops

M: Light to medium, good carbonation

O: A really quality beer. Quality ingredients put together into a great product.

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Photo of ryho
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a good pilsner. No funniness, no "we did our own unique take on pilsner where we add a bunch of citrus hops". I'd buy this again, its a good easy drinking beer. I'm drinking it on the balcony with my dog, it's good for that.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal, grassy hops and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Very good Pilz.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy light orange with a large white head. The aroma is fruit, yeast and some floral notes. The taste matches the aroma, a very good beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pilsner a lighter straw color with a nice tight one finger bone white head atop that leaves some lace as it settles.Peppery hops,toasted bread,and a light mineral element in the nose.The peppery hops are magnified on the palate really playing a big role,quite dry and mineral-like in the finish,just crazy drinkable.Not a better beer out there for lounging outside after a hot day of work,this is not a "no brainer" it's delicate and spicy just great.

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - A finger's worth of crisp airy bone white head... Slight retention gives way to a full slightly creamy veil of lacing... The color is a completely clear translucent pale lemony yellow... Bursting at the seams with carbonation, most of which starts very slowly at the bottom of the glass before quickly picking up steam towards the top of the glass...

S - Smells like a text book example of the style... Loaded with rich sweet cereal grains... Just a hint of corn... A light but inviting noble hop presence...

T - Starts sweet with cereal grains and a slight hint of some nuttiness... The hops don't appear immediately, but bring some serious bitterness once they arrive... The deep finish possesses a bit of a metallic character...

F - Medium bodied... A bit dense... Crisp and clean... A good bit of carbonation... Finishes with an intense dryness...

O - First things first, this is the great label design for a beer ever... Love the name... Love the label... I'm gonna need to get me a t-shirt... Next, this is just a slightly Americanized (read: additional hops added) version of the classic style... Quite enjoyable and refreshing though I'm likely to opt for more traditional representation of the style...

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Photo of TH28
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. 10/1/16 code date. Appearance: Pale straw yellow, maybe the palest beer I’ve ever seen, brilliant clarity, and a frothy white pillowy head. Aroma: Bready Pilsner malt with a slight floral noble hop aroma. Lacking some of the spicy Saaz notes in other versions. Taste: Light bready maltiness, with a moderately strong and spicy bitterness. A touch of diacetyl, not as much as a Pilsner Urquell. Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Dry, with a lingering spicy hop bitterness and a touch of bready malt retronasally. Overall: Pretty good rendition of a Czech pils. Overall malt profile is a bit lighter than a Pilsner Urquell, but has a nice sharp spicy bitterness. Very crisp and refreshing. Well balanced.

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Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw colored with a solid head of lumpy white froth. Clean cereal grain, floral hops, and a touch of lemon in the aroma. Flavors of white bread and floral, grassy hops. Medium-light, drying out a little. Not enough Saaz spice for my Czech pils preferences, but still a pretty well-made pils all-around.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the beer was very true to style, with a two finger thick head forming atop the lively carbonated, straw yellow colored, clear body. The beer smelled more intense than the typical Pilsner, with a grassy hop smell mingling with grainy malt. The taste was crisp, hoppy, malty, and had a touch of lemon as well. The beer was extremely easy to drink, with a pleasing, creamy texture, and a mildly bitter aftertaste that lingered a lot longer than I expected. Very well made Pilsner, which shows the craft of Terrapin brewers very well. I typically don't seek out beers of this style, but for this I could make an exception.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a glass:

Well...overall, not the best but certainly not the worst Czech Pils that I have ever had. Poured a clear, light yellow that produced a nice fluffy white head that was well retained. Faint malty aroma and the taste kind of follows. Lighter in flavor and too hoppy for the style. The beer was easy to drink and did the job, not sure if I would buy again.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 ounce can into a glass. Drink-by date on bottom is "09.11.2016" Color between lemon and gold - shades of each. Ample carbonation and a fairly stiff white head with some durability - attractive. Nose typical for style, floral hops over mild malts - could be more forceful. Taste moves from fairly neutral malts into the hops; a bit more hoppy bitterness than some beers of this type - this depends on the hop blend. I wonder what this would be like with more Saaz hops and fewer / none of the others, but if you like the extra bitterness you might rate this higher than I. But it's still a good beer. Mouthfeel a bit tingly and a small bit of creaminess on the backside. Enjoyable, though I prefer more aromatics and less bitter taste in the style.

Note that the website says that this beer has as "updated recipe" from the original (2010) version.

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Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Brilliantly clear pale yellow golden, good looking lacing. Cracker-like graininess with a mild spicy hop in the nose. Crisp, smooth and lighter bodied. Herbal hop flavor lends some spice, graininess stays dry for the most part. Mineral and grassy. Pretty drinkable, a good stab at the Czech Pils style.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear, deep straw with a medium head that poofs. nose; belgian yeast, gum, & banana. taste; sweet malt, light hops, pineapple, banana, sweet dinner roll, nut astringents, lemon, & light pear syrup. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. a bit of an indulgently sweet take on the pils, but a few brewers are now doing that these days. not bad!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Lounging in a mishmash of chairs crammed into the tiny Georgia Theatre dressing room, headliners waited for sound check. That time when thrumming guitar chords, tinkling keys and tinny high hats issued from the stage through the cavernous theatre. Before dancing feet crowded the wood floors and the walls pulsed with music, entertainers from B.B. King and the B-52s to The Ramones, The Police and Athens legends R.E.M. and Widespread Panic, played New Wave, rockm punk, country, jazz and the blues to an empty room that still smelled of the last show. Sound Czech is the third headliner in Terrapin's Georgia Theatre Sessions, a Czech style pilsner that will have you hoping to the music." Brewed in the style of a Czech-German style Pilsner. This is the third (of four) beers brewed exclusively in benefit for the Georgia Theatre as a one-off beer in late 2010.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a Terrapin Pilsner glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pale sudsy cream head over a medium hazy golden yellow body. Retention is average at best, and lacing is thin and spotty. Carbonation is moderate and relaxed. 3.5

(Smell) Soured pale and pilsner cracker malt. Thin, grassy hop aromas and a moderate acidity. The age is easy to identify in this style in particular, although it isn't particularly off-putting, just less clean and more sour than expected. Potency is light-medium. 3.5

(Taste) Light cracker malt with a thin sweetness and an arid pale malt, teamed with a moderately bitter hop profile but no remaining hop flavor. Some mild graininess and hint of lemongrass are very faint to near-imaginary. The majority of the flavor is dried out and arid, there isn't much residual sweetness left in this beer to enjoy. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is dry and thin. Carbonation adds some assertive spritely bubbles for a vivacious mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low to none. Balance is bitter over sweet with a dryness prevailing over both. 3.75

(Overall) I wish I had the opportunity to try this beer at a younger age but from what is remaining, I can judge that it was in its prime a fairly simple, clean malt build with a bold, complex bitterness and hop flavor. I am surprised that I don't find this beer off-putting at over 3 years of age but it held up surprisingly well. While I don't recommend this pilsner in particular over fresher lagers based on age alone, I don't doubt that this beer was even more tasty in its prime time. 3.5

Terrapin Beer Company's
Georgia Theatre Sessions: Sound Czech

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Photo of Mantooth
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber I purchased at 5 Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA, (highly recommended) into an Allagash tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy sedimented light orange/yellow with ample head and thick sticky lacing.

S: Belgian, yeast and ripened bananas, quite floral as well.

T: It's pretty floral but I'm also picking up some pineapple, nuts, and scented soap in the finish.

M: A little bright initially from the carbonation but ultimately creamy as all get-out with a dry slightly soapy finish.

O: A very sexy pilsner.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another i am finally getting around to typing, i really liked this one and I am a huge fan of the style and this was nailed

Poured a light pale yellow with a huge fizzy white head. I had to actually wait to pour the rest in the glass. . The head had a nice slow fade and left behind lots of lace. This color was very very bright and had lots of sediment in the bottom. Smell was very light and crisp. Smelled very lively. Nice light lemon and grass flavors, with a hint of yeast and grain. The taste was just great, smooth, big carbonation made it very refreshing. Very very hoppy for a pilsner with a nice pine resin flavor and hints of grapefruit, and pineapple and lemon. Big dry finish that was nice and bitter. This was awesome

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